Edgecombe Community College’s newest facility, the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center, opened on the Rocky Mount campus in January 2016.
The state-of-the-art, 45,000-square-foot building houses 12 curriculum and 6 continuing education programs of study, and more than 1,200 students will use the facility annually.
On the first floor are six training rooms furnished with pods to create a student-centered, active learning environment. The pods or clusters promote a team or collaborative approach to learning.
Also located on the first floor is a biotechnology lab, with equipment such as a Fotodyne UV transilluminator/digital camera system, which is used in a sensitive analysis of DNA, and a laminar flow hood, used to provide a clean work space in performing experiments sensitive to contamination.
The second floor is a simulated hospital environment with an emergency room, imaging lab, examination rooms, phlebotomy lab, nursing skills lab, nursing assistant lab, debriefing rooms and a nurses’ station.
The third floor houses an operating room, obstetrics/neonatal room, an occupational therapy lab, an ICU, pulmonary function lab, respiratory care lab, home health/community health training room, counseling/mental health room, debriefing rooms, and a nurses’ station.
By relying on patient simulation and a team approach in a realistic healthcare environment, teaching and learning in the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center is raising the standard of healthcare education throughout the region.